Photographer's Note

If I had a dollar for everytime I saw a Malaysian flag on my recent visit to Sabah I would be very wealthy - they, along with the Sabah flag, were flying everywhere and adorning so many buildings. These examples were in the village of Kundasang at the base of Mt Kinabalu.

The Malaysian flag comprises 14 alternating red and white stripes of equal width representing the equal status of the 13 member states and the federal government. In the upper left the blue canton symbolizes the unity of the Malaysian people and the yellow of the star and crescent is the royal colour of the Malay rulers. The 14 points of the star represent the unity between the 13 member states and the federal government. The crescent represents Islam, the country's official religion.

Mt Kinabalu at 4095m is the highest mountain between the Himalayas and Papua New Guinea. In geological terms Mt Kinabalu is young at a mere nine million years and this granite mountain is still growing at a rate of about 5mm a year.

On the upper slopes of the mountain, just to the left of centre, the white buildings of Laban Rata can be seen. Trekkers stay overnight there before attempting to summit the mountain in the early hours of the second day of the 2 day trek.

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Additional Photos by Marlene Fegan (mafegan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 859 W: 98 N: 1396] (8626)
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